Changed in a Flash: One Woman's Near-Death Experience and Why a Scholar Thinks It Empowers Us All

Changed in a Flash: One Woman's Near-Death Experience and Why a Scholar Thinks It Empowers Us All

by Elizabeth G. Krohn, Jeffrey J. Kripal


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A fascinating first-hand account of an awakening into a psychic consciousness, paired with a revolutionary analysis by a respected professor of religion
When Elizabeth Greenfield Krohn got out of her car with her two young sons in the parking lot of her synagogue on a late afternoon in September 1988, she couldn't have anticipated she would within seconds be struck by lightning and have a near-death experience. She felt herself transported to a garden and engaging in a revelatory conversation with a spiritual being. When she recovered, her most fundamental understandings of what the world is and how it works had been completely transformed. She was “changed in a flash,” suddenly able to interact with those who had died and have prescient dreams predicting news events. She came to believe that some early traumatic and abusive experiences had played a part in preparing her for this experience.
Told in matter-of-fact language, the first half of this book is the story of Krohn’s journey, and the second is an interpretation and analysis by respected professor of religion Jeffrey J. Kripal. He places Krohn's experience in the context of religious traditions and proposes the groundbreaking idea that we are shaping our own experiences in the future by how we engage with near-death experiences in the present. Changed in a Flash is not about proving a story, but about carving out space for serious discussion of this phenomenon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623173005
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,264,355
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

ELIZABETH GREENFIELD KROHN was a wife and mother of two young boys when she was struck by lightning in the parking lot of her Houston synagogue, and her most fundamental understandings of what the world is and how it works were completely transformed. She is now a grandmother living in Houston.

JEFFREY J. KRIPAL is a well-known professor of religion at Rice University and the codirector of Esalen's Center for Theory and Research. He is the author of many books on religion and unexplained phenomena, including, with Whitley Streiber, The Super Natural. He is a key figure in consciousness studies within academia and beyond.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Lightning in a Book 1

Part 1 Elizabeth's Story

1 Changed in a Flash 13

2 The Glow and the Garden 23

3 The Portfolio of Strange Things 35

4 The Haunted Necklace and the Rainbow World 51

5 Trying on the New Age 67

6 The Layer Cake of Time 81

7 The Lessons of the Garden 95

8 On God, Religion, and Spirituality 107

Looking Back: Everyday Applications for What I Know to Be True 119

Part 2 How We Are Changing the Afterlife

Reading as Empowerment 125

9 "That's Not Fiction": Science, Religion, and Science Fiction 133

10 "Nothing Is Black and White": The Double Nature of the Paranormal and Its Evolutionary Function 157

11 "I Just Knew": The Alien Translator, Gnosis, and the Secret Powers of Interpretation 177

12 "I Can See All of Your Auras Right Now": Electro magnetism, Conscious Energy, and Spiritual Illumination 209

13 "I See Time in Layers": How to Think about Precognition and Elizabeth's Dreams 231

14 "They Were All Paired Up": The Evolution of the Double Soul and Its Angelic Destiny 255

Postscript: "You Were There Too": How Elizabeth Finally Dreamed This Book 285

Appendix: The Emails 295

Origins and Gratitude 305

Endnotes 309

Index 321

About the Authors 341

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